|About the Book|
Around the world, too many young children experience developmental and health problems due to poverty, prematurity, low birth weight, infectious diseases, exposure to toxic substances, and other risk factors. Children with established disabilities,MoreAround the world, too many young children experience developmental and health problems due to poverty, prematurity, low birth weight, infectious diseases, exposure to toxic substances, and other risk factors. Children with established disabilities, such as an autism spectrum disorder, motor disability, communication and language problem, behavior disorder, or hearing and vision impairments, also need early and swift support. For all of these children and their families, co-occurring environmental threats or limited caregiving abilities often further compromise growth and development.The International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI), in collaboration with Brookes Publishing, is pooling contributions of specialists from many disciplines and countries to more effectively prevent or minimize the impact of these risk factors on childrens lives. Interdisciplinary Clinical Assessment of Young Children with Developmental Disabilities is the first book in ISEIs important new book series. Each book will help to advance the practice of early intervention. Each book will provide a forum for sharing information from an often-preached but seldom-achieved global advantage. Peer-reviewed, supported by a biomedical and behavioral foundation, and designed for making the transition from research to practice, each book will become a resource that youll find on your desk more often than your bookshelf.A home visitor arrives at an inner-city apartment only to discover that a young mother has left her baby in the charge of a 7-year-old girl. Another interventionist visits a family in a rural trailer park and suspects that the father has once again been abusing his wife. What should theseinterventionists do?These are just two situations students training for a career in early intervention may encounter in the field. But first, theyll get a chance to tackle them within the safety of their classrooms. This thought-provoking book uses the case method of instruction to give students the opportunity to practice the problem-solving and decision-making skills theyll need on the job. By examining 20 unsolved case stories based on the actual work experiences of early interventionists across the United States, students will learn to advocate, listen, and understand others points of view as they work with their classmates to determine plans of action. By applying knowledge and skills to real-life, complex situations, students, new professionals, and even veteran practitioners will acquire practical skills they can apply in their everyday work.